Why I no longer weigh myself or my clients

Courtney Ley

For as long as I can remember stepping on the scales was a regular torture. The anticipation would build up, what number the little digital dial would stop at.

And then it appears, and flashes continuously like it’s mocking you…

I remember being weighed at school. I remember starting my own little ‘biggest loser’ type challenge with my sister. We would meet up every week to weigh ourselves and keep record of our weight loss.

Before I started my transformation I had no idea how dependent on the scale I had become. The number going down was the only thing that mattered.

Over time I learned that I the scales don’t matter, and I have got to the stage now where I don’t weigh myself at all.


Because I pretty much stay the same weight regardless…however my clothes fit differently!

Which one is more important to me…Yes, my clothes size going down!

There are many different factors to consider, especially as women, when we rely on the scales as our weigh loss guide.

Is it the same time of day/month?

Have you just ate?

Have you had anything to drink?

The questions could go on and on.

If any of these factors are out by even a small amount and the number was higher, or no different, I would be devastated.

This devastation would lead me to throw in the white flag and give up. It was all just too hard.

I was not paying attention to all the other signs I was on the right path and making changes. My mind would go straight to the negative.

Taking away this opened my eyes to really see what I had achieved and what I could do.

Over the past 3 years I have gone from a size 18 to a size 12. You would think I have lost in weight, 30kgs even maybe 35kgs, right?

Actually I have lost on the scales about 15kgs.

Doesn’t seem like it would be enough to drop 3 dress sizes, does it?

This is where the problems lie. Numbers so easily play with our minds.

I followed the program set for me. I learned how to eat good food, and how to exercise in a structured way which would get me the best results possible.

So at the end of the day, what difference would the number on the scales make?

Take the distraction away and focus on the things you can control, like your nutrition, your training, your sleep, your water intake and so on. What's the number one bad habit that you know is holding you back?

I guarantee you your worst habit isn't the number on the scales. The number on your scales aren't your problem and we both know that.

As you start to address your bad habits and turn them into good habits, the results will come and the number on the scale will remain pointless!

Speak soon :)


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